After Legal Equality
Family, Sex, Kinship
Edited by Robert Leckey
Routledge – 2015 – 240 pages
Series: Social Justice
This timely interdisciplinary collection studies the aftermath of legal reforms made in the name of equality - including 2013’s same-sex marriage for England and Wales and the striking down of America’s Defense of Marriage Act. It frames and addresses fresh research questions for ‘after legal equality’: what are reforms’ unintended consequences? How might they negatively affect those outside their catchment group and even their intended beneficiaries?
After Legal Equality: Family, Sex, Kinship examines legal developments in the UK, Canada, and the US, around same-sex couples and parenting, fathers’ rights and equal parenting, cohabitation and care, and organizing for racial equality. Inspired by queer theory and feminist theory, the methodologies used here range from discourse analysis to empirical research, providing methodological, conceptual and theoretical resources for further research.
This contextual, socio-legal work will be a valuable resource for students and researchers in law, sexuality and gender studies, sociology, and political science.
Introduction: After Equality Robert Leckey, Part One: Care under Neo-liberalism 1. Making Family Law Less Sexy … And More Careful Jonathan Herring, 2. Equality: An Uncomfortable Fit in Parenting Law Susan B. Boyd, 3. Men, Gender and Fathers’ Rights ‘After Equality’: New Formations of Rights and Responsibility in Family Justice Richard Collier, 4. Economic Justice after Legal Equality: The Case for Caring Queerly Janet R. Jakobsen, Part Two: States’ Reach 5. Cameos from the Margins of Conjugality Kim Brooks, 6. Leaping without Looking Helen Reece, 7. Taxing Times for Lesbians and Gay Men: 20 Years Later Claire Young, 8. The Historiographical Operations of Gay Rights Roderick Ferguson, Part Three: Sex and Love 9. Tackling Inequality in the Intimate Sphere: Problematizing Love and Violence in Same-Sex Relationships Catherine Donovan, 10. Parenting after Equality: (Re)Inscribing the Heteronormative Family Rosie Harding, 11. Sexuality and Children Post-Equality Daniel Monk
Robert Leckey is associate professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Faculty of Law, McGill University, where he conducts research in comparative family and constitutional law. He is author of Contextual Subjects: Family, State, and Relational Theory and co-editor of Queer Theory: Law, Culture, Empire.